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Choices!

Please only vote ONCE in each of the two polls below:

Poll #1603821 Choices!

Which story should appear in the "Best of" volume: "Spindleshanks" or "The Road of Pins"?

"The Road of Pins"
28(57.1%)
"Spindleshanks"
21(42.9%)

Which story should appear in the "Best of" volume: "Breakfast in the House of the Rising Sun" or "Layfaette"?

"Lafeyette (Murder Ballad No. 2)"
17(37.0%)
"Breakfast in the House of the Rising Sun (Murder Ballad No. 1)"
29(63.0%)

Comments

( 11 comments — Have your say! )
handful_ofdust
Aug. 9th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
"The Road of Pins" being one of my favourite short stories, full stop, I'm obviously not going to argue much. But I am interested in why it apparently has to be one rather than both.
stillsostrange
Aug. 10th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
It's one of my favorites too. Images from the story are carved on the back of my eyes like I'd really watched the film.
teacup_carousel
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
"Images from the story are carved on the back of my eyes like I'd really watched the film."

Yes exactly! Only I feel that way about just about all of it. I had such a strong vision of the story that by the end, where she ejects the tape and Scooby Doo comes on, I swear I could just about smell the room and feel carpet under my toes.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)

But I am interested in why it apparently has to be one rather than both.

It's sort of strange. "The Road of Pins" is essentially the story I set out to write when I wrote "Spindleshanks." And so I can't really justify using both, even though probably no one but me sees the thematic similarities.
handful_ofdust
Aug. 10th, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
I understand; I can definitely see the overlap. I've always wondered, though--do you see both creative characters as being genuinely blocked/having lost their muse, and the manifestations come from that blocked creativity welling up in ways they can't understand? Or do you think they've intersected with something entirely other which mirrors their frustration?

And then there's the question of the "bad" or "collapsing" relationships they're both in when it happens. But then again, desire and its decay are always recurring themes--validly, wonderfully so. They're the wound that keeps on giving.
greygirlbeast
Aug. 10th, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)

I've always wondered, though--do you see both creative characters as being genuinely blocked/having lost their muse, and the manifestations come from that blocked creativity welling up in ways they can't understand? Or do you think they've intersected with something entirely other which mirrors their frustration?

The latter. No causal connection.

They're the wound that keeps on giving.

Very good line.
stsisyphus
Aug. 10th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Can you remind me where these are printed originally, I need to remember which is which.
chris_walsh
Aug. 10th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
"Road of Pins" and "Spindleshanks" are in To Charles Fort, With Love, and "Lafeyette (Murder Ballad No. 2)" and "Breakfast in the House of the Rising Sun (Murder Ballad No. 1)" are in Tales of Pain and Wonder.
pwtucker
Aug. 10th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Have you read Joel Lane's 'The Lost District', Caitlin?
greygirlbeast
Aug. 10th, 2010 04:42 pm (UTC)

Have you read Joel Lane's 'The Lost District', Caitlin?

I haven't, no.
teacup_carousel
Aug. 10th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
I genuinely believe that it would be a criminal offense for The Road of Pins to not be included.
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